Jared Cook Fantasy News

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 1:35pm

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - [Full Article]

Tight end Jared Cook is on pace to establish career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns.

With four games remaining in 2013, he already has more reception yards (557) in one season than any Rams tight end since the team moved to St. Louis in 1995. He needs eight more catches to establish a “St. Louis” Rams single-season high for receptions by a tight end.

And he leads the 2013 squad in receptions (40) and yards 12 games into the season.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story points out, the prevailing opinion is that Cook has had a disappointing first season with the Rams after signing a five-year, $35.1 million free-agent deal last March following his first four seasons in Tennessee.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:35am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Why is Rams WR Tavon Austin's role seemingly shrinking? A personnel executive for another NFL team theorized: "Little receivers don't work with inaccurate quarterbacks."

Sam Bradford is a 58.4% career passer. He's been more efficient this season – 59.5% passing, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions, 90.7 rating – but never will be known for his accuracy.

Austin stands 5-foot-8 and 176 pounds. He leads the Rams with 24 catches but is averaging only 6.6 yards per reception, meaning he's mostly getting the ball near the line of scrimmage.

The bigger targets presented by Austin Pettis (6-3, 203), tight end Jared Cook (6-5, 254) and even Chris Givens (6-0, 203) are capable of creating more favorable matchups on the perimeter than Austin, who's best suited to the slot and is smallish even for that spot.

"You can get away with those guys if you have (Drew) Brees or (Tom) Brady," the executive said. "Of course, you can get away with a lot with those guys."

Fantasy Impact:

Austin is one of the disappointments in this year's fantasy world, mostly because he was pretty hyped up by the team in the offseason. Then the Rams said they were keeping him under wraps in preseason games, but he's obviously yet to be unwrapped this season. According to this story, he's just not a good match with Bradford. Not a good sign for the future either.

Patriots 'leaning' towards activating Rob Gronkowski
Thursday, August 29, 2013, 10:28pm

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots leaning towards moving TE Rob Gronkowski to 53-man roster on Saturday. Still not likely back before at least late September.

Fantasy Impact:

It's not a sure thing, but it looks like Gronkowski may avoid PUP, which means the Patriots believe he'll be available to play early in the season. We're expecting him to miss 2-3 games in September, so he's a worthwhile pick in the 3rd or 4th round, depending on risk tolerance. Pair him with Zach Sudfeld or another mid-to-late round TE like Jordan Cameron or Jared Cook, and you should get excellent production out of the TE spot.

King: Jared Cook "single-best player we saw" on camp tour
Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:07pm

MMQB - [Full Article]

Peter King: "I think the single-best player we saw on our tour was St. Louis tight end Jared Cook. What a catch radius. How he caught only 44 balls last year in Tennessee I’ll never know."

Fantasy Impact:

Owners who have drafted Cook before are justifiably wary of going down this rabbit hole again, but Cook's situation has changed and the buzz in OTAs and training camp has been uniformly positive. Once the top tier of TEs are gone, Cook is a player to target in the 9th or 10th round.

Chris Givens expanding his route tree
Sunday, August 11, 2013, 12:48am

ESPN NFC West - [Full Article]

For Rams WR Chris Givens to take the next step in 2013, he must diversify his game by becoming stronger and smoother on intermediate routes. He had just nine catches between 11 and 20 yards as a rookie.

During the offseason program, Givens pointed out that adding those routes to his game was his primary focus. As part of the plan, Givens added a few pounds to push his weight just north of 200 pounds.

Already in this training camp, Givens has made progress with his improved route running. Former Rams receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt have come away impressed with Givens’ work.

Bruce said Givens is not as “herky jerky” with his routes and appears to be smoother transitioning from running the route to catching the ball. Holt echoed those sentiments.

“He’s done a really good job with his routes, cleaning up his routes,” Holt said. “Speed, big play ability, nice size, there’s still some things that he can work on from a technique standpoint. I think he’s working on it. He’s asking a lot of questions. He’s wanting to improve his game.”

The Rams clearly trust Givens to do more than just run 9-routes deep down the field as he’s actually lining up at all three receiver positions in this camp.

Fantasy Impact:

Givens' stock is rising after a big preseason game and these glowing reports, but the Rams' receiving corps is a tough nut to crack. Givens, Tavon Austin and Jared Cook are all being drafted as fantasy contributors. We like Givens in the 10th round of 12-team drafts.

Sam Bradford, Jared Cook "connected endlessly" in camp
Friday, August 2, 2013, 8:34pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

At tight end, Rams free-agent signee Jared Cook began building his rapport with Sam Bradford during sessions in the summer. They've already connected endlessly in camp, making one believe he'll serve as Bradford's security blanket like Danny Amendola was in 2012. What the coaches also like is that when Bradford throws it, Cook catches it. "Jared has a giant receiving radius," HC Jeff Fisher said. "With Sam's accuracy, Sam can put the ball out of frame to complete it. And they work really well together."

Fantasy Impact:

Cook is an upside TE2, though his ADP (9.09) is high considering that he isn't all that accomplished in his career. That could change in 2013, though former Cook owners have heard this song before.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:29pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

Rams TE Jared Cook believes he was underutilized with Tennessee. And the Rams sold him hard on how much they would feature him in this offense the way Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez, Vernon Davis and Jason Witten are featured as Pro Bowl-caliber tight ends elsewhere.

“They were telling me about the talent that was going to be around me,” he said after practice recently. “It was just mostly about utilizing my talents and about putting me on stage a little bit more. ... And I was drinking from the water.”

Although Cook is listed as a tight end, it almost feels as if he’s taken over Danny Amendola’s slot position in the offense. But the longer you look at this offense, the more you realize this is not even remotely the same offense that Bradford was running last year with the reliable slot man.

Fantasy Impact:

Cook has the talent to be a TE1, but has been spotty thus far in his career. It's encouraging to hear that he's being used frequently in practice and that the team told him he'd be featured in the offense.

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1:45pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

Rams TE Lance Kendricks could miss a couple of preseason games, meaning it may be three weeks or so before he’s on the field.

Fantasy Impact:

This gives Jared Cook an opportunity to get as many reps as he can handle.

Saturday, July 13, 2013, 2:23pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Sam Bradford, Stedman Bailey, Brian Quick, Isaiah Pead, Chris Givens at Rams camp at the University of Oklahoma this weekend.

Fantasy Impact:

Good to see the young Rams getting together before training camp to get their timing down.

Sam Bradford improved red zone play down the stretch
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 12:16pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

In the first eight games of the season, Rams QB Sam Bradford was awful in the RZ, completing 43.3 percent of his throws with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions for a weak passer rating of 62.5. That's abysmal.

During the bye week the Rams' offensive coaches reworked the red zone approach to come up with a better plan to achieve more positive results. It was an example of good coaching, and Bradford responded accordingly.

In the final eight games of the season, Bradford completed 67 percent of his red zone passes.... and he had 9 touchdowns and only 1 interception... his red zone passer rating in the season's second half was 101.8.

That's a big jump in performance.

Bradford ranked 25th in red zone passer rating over the first eight games. Over the last eight games Bradford ranked 9th.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford is poised for an improved season due to consistency at OC and an upgraded receiving corps, including Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and Stedman Bailey. Unfortunately, playing in the NFC West, he has to play both the Seahawks and the 49ers twice.

Rams plan to use Jared Cook "all over the place"
Monday, July 1, 2013, 10:43am

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Rams HC Jeff Fisher was hesitant to use TE Jared Cook in his early days in Tennessee, as Cook struggled at times in learning the passing game and with his blocking. But the second-year Rams coach sounded as if he has much more confidence in Cook now that he’s played four years.

“He’s obviously got years of experience under his belt, he understands the league, he understands defenses and he’s picked things up really well,” Fisher said. “We’re excited about creating mismatches, and offensive success these days is about creating mismatches.”

Just how do the Rams, who play the Titans on Nov. 3 this year, plan to utilize Cook?

“He’s going to play all over the place,” Fisher said. “We’ve even got him in the backfield, so we’ve got some good things for him.”

“From a weapons standpoint, we were just a little bit deficient over the years, so we kind of targeted and earmarked the tight end position,” Fisher said. “We were really surprised that Jared was available, but once free agency started and he was available, we brought him up and it’s worked out really well for us. Cookie and (Bradford) are working along great. They’re spending the whole summer together, just like you would think.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cook has been a tantalizing fantasy prospect for several years now, but to this point has been unable to put it together with any consistency. Part of the problem may be the QB situation in Tennessee. Cook is an intriguing upside TE2 available at the end of fantasy drafts. It is a plus that Fisher and Cook have worked together previously, so they know what to expect from each other.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 7:03pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Jared Cook may be gone, but don’t try to tell Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains his tight end group has slipped.

He believes the opposite is the case, now that Delanie Walker, Craig Stevens and Taylor Thompon are the top three players at the position.

“This is probably the best group since Alge (Crumpler) and Bo Scaife,” said Loggains, who’s been with the Titans for eight years. “I feel really good about having three guys that can do a lot of different things. Also all three of them can be in-line blockers, point-of-attack blockers, and all of them have good speed.”

Crumpler and Scaife played together in 2008 and 2009 for the Titans.

Fantasy Impact:

The article points out that none of those three have ever caught more than 30 passes in a season. Walker is ranked the highest of the three on our TE list at 31. At that spot, he's just a mid-range TE3 in a 12-team league. He'll likely be available very late in drafts.

Rams have "rerouted offense" through Sam Bradford
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 9:58am

ESPN NFC West - [Full Article]

With power back Steven Jackson gone to Atlanta, the Rams have rerouted their offense through QB Sam Bradford, loading up on speed at the skill positions and upgrading their line with tackle Jake Long's addition in free agency.

OC Brian Schottenheimer is back, marking the first time Bradford has had the same coordinator in successive NFL seasons, but so much else has changed.

"Totally different," Bradford said following practice Tuesday. "The speed that we have acquired and what we have on the outside now -- and even the inside -- it suits us more to spread it out and play more one-back this year."

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams added Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Jared Cook at receiver and the stability of Jeff Fisher certainly helps. Over his final eight games of 2012, he averaged 238 yards and 1.6 TDs. Bradford seems primed to build on his 22-TD season from a year ago, and is an interesting QB2 pick this summer. He's a good candidate for QBBC as well.

Monday, June 10, 2013, 2:14pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

“That offense really didn’t suit me,’’ Rams TE Jared Cook said of Tennessee's offense. “It didn’t fit me. That’s just how it is. Every team a player goes to, the fit is not perfect. Some guys have to move around to two or three teams before they find the perfect fit.’’

But Cook, who was also pursued by the Miami Dolphins, likes what he has seen so far in St. Louis. “I think I’m on an elevator going up,” he said in his first meeting with the local media.

“What we’re getting from Jared out there is what we expected,’’ HC Jeff Fisher said. “The ball’s going around, we’re matching him up, we’re creating mismatches, he’s making plays.

“Whether or not (he was underutilized with Tennessee), we feel like he can add a dimension to our offense that we don’t have.’’

Fantasy Impact:

Cook had a breakout season after Jeff Fisher left Tennessee, which has us a bit leery about his prospects for 2013. But Fisher is a defensive mind, so it's up to OC Brian Schottenheimer to get Cook involved in the offense, and the Rams did make him their first priority in free agency. Consider him a TE2 with upside.

Sam Bradford and Jared Cook "seem to be clicking"
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 10:49am

STL Today - [Full Article]

Quarterback Sam Bradford and new tight end Jared Cook seem to be clicking. Signed as a free agent, the ex-Tennessee Titan should be a huge part of the new-look Rams' attack.

Fantasy Impact:

Cook certainly looks like a dangerous, pass-catching TE, but he's been unable to put together a good fantasy season in four years in the league. The Rams may be just the fresh start that Cook needs, though it's no sure thing he'll be anything more than a spot-starter at TE.